Written by former MA Public Health Commissioner John Auerbach, an ardent advocate for the creation of the Trust, it describes the broad coalition of folks who came together starting in 2011 to push for the Trust’s creation, and describes the political process involved in setting it up. In connection with the report’s release, RWJF also posted today an informative interview with Auerbach and Cheryl Bartlett, his successor as DPH Commissioner:
NPH: Was there a model for the Trust fund?
Auerbach: I would say it was an innovative idea, however, there were examples of efforts that were helpful in coming up with the model. The Affordable Care Act’s Public Health and Prevention Trust, for example, allocated hundreds of millions of dollars to community transformation grants.